September may be a while off, but you should still mark 2019’s Africa Utopia festival in your diary. The event, which is now in it’s 7th year, is set to be hosted at London’s Southbank Centre, showcases an array of voices and art from the African continent and its diaspora.
The event will feature a huge array of art, music, talks and comedy over its two-day run. On the music side of things, you can expect the likes of Akala to serve up his special brand of activist poetry. The four-time-Grammy-nominated Femi Kuti will also present Afrika Shrine Alive, a recreation of the famous New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja for an evening of afrobeats inspired music and dance.
The event will also feature talks from record producer Dallas Austin, comedy from the UK’s own Big Narstie and The Gay Times’ Lee Gray.
Madani Younis the Creative Director of the Southbank Centre said:
“We’re excited to present our seventh Africa Utopia festival and to be collaborating with co-curators Indaba X for the first time. Through music and performance, talks and debate, this vitally important festival has become a beacon of fresh ideas and discovery, pushing culture forward. We look forward to inspiring audiences with a packed weekend of events, showcasing an incredible array of artists and a wholehearted celebration of the immense influence of the African continent and its diaspora.”